Over 50 years of experience in the global rice industry
Matco prides itself on a sustainable and ethical value chain.Discover More
The inspiration for generations to follow
(1923 – 2005)
Syed Sarfaraz Ali Ghori was born in Nadbai, Bharatpur State in 1923. His early education was at Aligarh, the center of Muslim education in India. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue higher education at Aligarh University in 1940. In 1945, he left Aligarh University and joined S.M. Hanif Group's Bharat Laboratories and Chemical Works in Calcutta. When Pakistan gained independence in 1947, S.M. Hanif Group asked Sarfaraz Ghori to go to Karachi and set up a new regional office for the company based on his experience. In 1960, Sarfaraz Ghori joined Mr. Ali Hasan Manghi, as an Industrial and Business Consultant, with a view to establish industrial units in Sindh. Under his management, Manghi Silk Mill, Manghi Fan Factory, Larkana Woolen Mills and Larkana Sugar Mills were established. In 1964, Sarfaraz Ghori became a member of the Board of Directors for Sindh Fine Textile in Shikarpur on account of his experience and technical skills.
Seeking greater independence, in 1964 Sarfaraz Ghori established his own company by the name of Mohammed Ali Trading Company with the aim of supplying machinery and equipment to various government and semi-government organizations. Mr. Ghori started with an initial capital of Rs. 70,000. His residence in Nazimabad, Karachi served as his office in the early years of business. The only facilities available to him were that of a telephone and a small typewriter. Success soon followed and M.A. Trading Company started attaining a good reputation in trade and official circles. In 1969, he made the company a private limited company and changed the name to Matco Engineering Company - the word Matco, an acronym for the company's old name, was retained as a good omen for future expansion. In 1968-1970, Sarfaraz Ghori won a contract for installation of four rice plants, each with a production capacity of five MT/hour in Pipri, Sindh for the Directorate General of Food, Government of Pakistan. These plants were purchased from Satake Corporation Japan. With this deal Sarfaraz Ghori established himself as an agent for Satake in Pakistan. In 1972, he established Jawed Rice Mill the most modern rice husking and milling plant of its time in Larkana, Sindh with a capacity of six MT/ hour to process rice for RECP (Rice Export Corporation of Pakistan) which it exported to overseas markets. Sarfaraz Ghori laid the foundation of a new rice processing project in Karachi in 1990. Applying his vast experience, he established a state-of-the-art rice mill, Matco Rice Processing (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer in many new technologies that had never been tried in Pakistan before.
By the time he retired at the end of this project, his three sons had already established themselves in the business and had bolstered the management and vision of the company. Through commitment and guidance from Mr. Ghori, Matco management has catapulted its various concerns to the top of their respective sectors using the strong base that he had established. Now by the Grace of Allah, Matco Rice Processing (Pvt) Ltd has become one of the largest exporters in Pakistan. Syed Sarfaraz Ali Ghori passed away on the 10th of May 2005, having led a very fulfilling life. He left behind an inspiring legacy and Matco strives to carry forward his vision and principles which shaped the company over the years.